2019   Chicago Pop Culture Con Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, December 1st The Atlas Society will showcase ANTHEM: The Graphic Novel at the Chicago Pop Culture Con November 30 - December 1, 2019 at the Pheasant Run Mega Center and Ballroom in St. Charles, Illinois. Stop by our booth to meet Senior Editor Marilyn Moore, Ph.D, who will answer questions about ANTHEM – adapted and illustrated by Marvel artist Dan Parsons – and hand out free copies. The Chicago Pop Culture Con, which attracts 5000 visitors yearly, is a multi-genre convention for fans of anime, comics, popular music, steampunk, toys, and more.   Turning Point USA Student Action Summit Thursday, December 19th - Sunday, December 22nd The Atlas Society is sponsoring the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida December 19 - 22, 2019. Senior Editor and Director of Student Programs Marilyn Moore, Ph.D will be at our information booth to answer questions about resources and programs for students. Ask for a copy of ANTHEM: The Graphic Novel or the Pocket Guide to Atlas Shrugged. Grab free T-shirts, caps, buttons, and laptop stickers too!    
Complications Come praise Apollo bright,Who prickled a thick brow,Briefly as lambent light: Sufficient though to causeA remorseless shufflingAcross dry plains to pause; Instinctual eyesLift from predator, prey,To puzzle at vacant skies; Behind a brutish face,UnfathomableComplexity to take place. I published this poem in 2008 in my first collection, Touched by Its Rays (The Atlas Society: Washington, DC: 2008). It is brief, but it expresses a puzzlement I felt. I was editor of a quarterly journal of neuroscience, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, and working hard to make the ideas and writing of some of the world’s foremost brain scientists accessible and exciting to lay readers—without distortions or simplifications that would outrage the scientists themselves. One of the powerful and compelling fields of neuroscience, today, is evolutionary biology, including evolutionary psychology. They ask how the forces of Darwinian natural selection, relentlessly testing every characteristic of every species by the standard of conduciveness to successful reproducing, shaped the biology and psychology of human beings. The fundamental principle of evolutionary biology is that every aspect of our biology, including our brain, and every function, including our psychology, is an outcome of evolutionary selection. If a trait exists, then presumably it promotes our reproduction as a species; all that is left is to explain is how it does so. If a species of bird (Clark’s nutcracker) has...